By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus – Climate activist Sadrach Nirere has been recognized and appointed a regional Earth Champion for East Africa by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) through the Climate Prediction and Application Center (ICPAC) based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Nirere’s recognition is part of ICPAC's climate action campaign due to be launched this year in the run-up to the Conference of the Parties (COP26) also set for this year in the United Kingdom. He is one of the Earth Champions IGAD recognized from East Africa.
This was after a thorough search for young persons who are actively advocating for the preservation of the earth in East Africa.
"As such, it was an honour to recognise and appoint Nirere Sadrach as a regional Earth Champion for East Africa," ICPAC wrote on their website.
Sadrach Nirere is a Ugandan social entrepreneur with a degree in International Business from KIU, a diploma in sustainable business, and several certificates in international trade. His learning background extends to institutions including Politecnic Di Milan, World Bank OLC, international trade center's SME trade academy, among others.
Nirere is the founder of the End plastic movement, an initiative of Young people raising awareness, promoting action and demanding urgent corporate responsibility to end plastic pollution. The organization was first launched at KIU in Uganda in 2019. It currently has activities in 26 districts, four cities,35 schools, and four Universities in Uganda.
ICPAC-IGAD's climate prediction and application Center based in Nairobi is a designated regional climate center by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). It is responsible for providing climate services in areas of Agriculture, climate forecasting and early warning for disaster, risk management, water resources and environmental monitoring.
The earth champions program under which Nirere has been recognized is managed by ICPAC and is focused on amplifying voices and giving a platform to the youth at the forefront of sustainable development and climate Action in Eastern Africa.